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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

MMMMMS House in Girona, Spain by Anna & Eugeni Bach

 
December 27th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Anna & Eugeni Bach

The MMMMMS house is placed at the outskirts of Camallera, in a recent development area facing the village. Due to the location, the house is openly visible from the village.

The local building regulations are straightforward, specifying mere general characteristics for the new houses, such as stone cladding, or sloped roofs with “arab” tiles. The main aim of these regulations is to lead new buildings to look like old rural houses, the so called Catalan “masias”.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

  • Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
  • Project: MMMMMS House
  • Location: Camallera, Catalonia, Girona, Spain
  • Photography: Eugeni Bach
  • Collaborators: Eulàlia Cudolà, quantity surveyor; Carina Silva, Sara Matías, Albert Cabrer
  • Surface: 300 m2
  • End date: 2014

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

The aim of the project was not to think of the “masia” as an isolated building, but as one that makes sense in a rural landscape and on the agricultural land. The traditional Catalan house would not make sense without its true agricultural context; even less when there are 20 similar houses in an area of just 10 hectares.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Therefore, rather than portraying a traditional rural house, the project looks for another type of a relationship to the countryside, making a connection to the farm storages around this area.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

The spatial organisation of the house follows the logic of a warehouse, generating a large volume within which smaller units are placed, to offer intimacy. Bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms are placed in “boxes” inside the “storage”. Between these, crossed views and circulations offer direct relationships to the landscape around the house.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

The circulation space inside the house can be understood almost as an exterior space, while the boxes, are places for being “inside”. The height of the common spaces, and their direct relationship with the outside, make you feel as if you were in an open space all the time, enjoying the surrounding landscape and nature.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Following these ideas, the house vanishes at one end. Here the exterior space is under a canopy, which offers shade, views, and a central space for the house, again, outside.

The house has been designed to be a low energy building. For the hot seasons we have planned a system for crossed ventilation via small openings in the façades and north-oriented skylights, which allow very comfortable temperatures without any need for air conditioning. For the winter, the house has increased wall thickness and insulation, and the heating is provided by a high performance wood-chip heater, which is connected to solar panels, also supplying hot water.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

The rainwater is collected under an underground water tank, which provides “grey” water for the garden and toilets.

All the materials for the construction are sourced from local producers and suppliers.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach

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